Jude the Obscure
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recording of Jude The Obscure, by Thomas Hardy.
Read by Tadhg
Eleven-year-old Jude Fawley, inspired by his teacher Mr. Phillotson, who leaves Marygreen for Christminster to take a university degree, decides to adopt the same course for himself. Raised by his great-aunt, he studies hard with the aid of some old Latin and Greek books sent to him by Phillotson.He trains as a stonemason in order to enable him to support himself when at the university.However when he finally arrives in Christminster he soon finds that a university education is not easily comeby for one of his social standing.Meeting and falling in love with his cousin Sue Bridehead his future becomes a series of challanges to his moral, religious and social beliefs.
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August 18, 2016
Jude the obscure
Just finished this great novel read by Tadgh hynes..it was perfection....his narration is so wonderful...I cried regarding the children....now I only want to hear his narrations but I have heard Emma messenger reading Wuthering Heights which was wonderful also...thank you Tadgh so much....
February 26, 2016
Don't read Thomas Hardy if you're looking for a tale of contented people being nice to each other and living happily ever after. Jude is at least as sad as Tess of the D'urbervilles (there's a good reading of that at https://archive.org/details/tess_durbervilles_ap_0810_librivox by the way)
The subject is one of Hardy's favourites: conventional hypocrisy and how those who fight it inevitably come to a bad end -- remember, it was published in 1895. Not happy, but powerful. And decidedly NOT recommended for the parents of small children.
As usual, TH does a masterly job of narration. It's cool and surprisingly effective to hear an Irishman put on a west country accent!
Many thanks, Tadhg!
TheBookworm (Manchester, UK)
February 12, 2014
Enjoyed Tadgh's reading immensely
The book is very good, though not Hardy's best. Story is too contrived, the fickleness and flightiness of the main character is overdone. There aren't as many sections of simply beautiful prose that are in some of Hardy's other books. But I enjoyed the story and the reader was excellent. His accent is charming and worked well for Hardy. He showed emotion, did a good job of distinguishing between the different characters.